Canada's Sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Research at UofT
2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation. We’ve taken this as an opportunity to look back at the history of the University of Toronto: its people, its research, its stories. We’re running two sesquicentenially themed projects. Our exhibit, “Untold Stories”, opened in April 2017 and runs until the spring of 2018. Using artifacts gathered from departments across the university–from crayfish collected from an Ontario lake to a geiger counter rescued from U of T’s SlowPoke reactor–the exhibit tells just a few of the thousands of stories U of T has produced.
You can find “Untold Stories” in our exhibit space on the third floor of the Victoria College building (Old Vic), at U of T’s St George Campus. The exhibit is free and open between 10am-6pm daily.
If you can’t get to Toronto, throughout the year we are running an online exhibit highlighting some of our exhibit artifacts (and more!) in detailed blog posts that explore them from all angles: their form, fabrication, use, lives and deaths. Follow us on Twitter to hear about each new article as it is posted, or visit the link below to see all the posts so far.
Today, August 21st 2017, the total eclipse of the sun is missing Toronto by a very wide margin, but in January 1925 excited Torontonians gathered to watch the totality in their own backyards. A small contingent of scientists from the University of Toronto and the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa travelled to the nearest accessible centre [Read More...]
Crosson Lake Crayfish, July/August 1979, 2016.zoo.55 The crayfish in this jar were collected from an acidic lake in Ontario during the summer of 1979. They represented one small part of the broad-ranging set of research interests of Dr. Harold Harvey, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Harvey brought to [Read More...]
Tube Worms, Ridgeia sp., July 26, 1994 Thanks to Professor Steven D. Scott for his generous loan of this and other objects from his exploration of deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites. In 1979, geologist Steven Scott saw an image in a National Geographic of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, spewing hot black clouds into the [Read More...]
“Complete Test Material for Revised Stanford-Binet Scales (Form L)”, 1937, 2013.psy.141 In the U of T Department of Psychology’s vast psychology collection, there is one test that is more numerous and prominent than any other: the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. This test was, and still is, used to provide neuropsychological assessments, assist in educational planning and [Read More...]
The Kirschmann Episcotister, c. 1905, 2016.psy.161 Imagine looking at the wall of a room through the rapidly spinning blades of a fan. Under most conditions, the space beyond the blades will be visible as if through a semi-transparent field. This phenomenon is the basis for the episcotister, an instrument used by experimental psychologists in the 19th [Read More...]
Radial-Beam Pulse Tetrode, 1982, 2017.ph.737 This Eimac 8189/4PR1000A Radial Beam Pulse Tetrode was used to power the University of Toronto’s Isotope and Rare Atom Counting Equipment (ISOTRACE) tandem accelerator. The accelerator was housed in the McLennan Physics building, and operated from 1982 to 2013. The accelerator was used for numerous applications across disciplines, most notably [Read More...]
MANOMETRIC PIPES, 1878, 2016.ph.716.1-5 The bulk of research upon which I have gratefully relied for this post was completed by Dr. David Pantalony for his PhD, which was published in 2009 under the title Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth Century Paris. Now at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Pantalony is also [Read More...]